Please save these dates for the Annual Alumni Reunion & Freunde General Meeting: Friday 20 September to Sunday 22 September 2019 in the exciting German city of Essen.
Situated in the Ruhr Valley, “Essen” is a name that used to be a byword for “German industry” and the Krupp family, now ThyssenKrupp. But if you visit Essen expecting a post-Industrial cityscape, you may be in for a surprise. The tertiary sector has brought modern towers and parks, while a UNESCO-status industrial facility has been lovingly cleaned up as a monument. There are high-profile concert halls in repurposed factories, and the Zollverein Mining Complex, which was once the biggest coal mine in the world, is both formidable and elegant for its Bauhaus architecture and titanic coal washery.
Check out this fantastic video for an inside look into Essen’s best:
This fun-filled and cultural weekend will include:
- Discovering the different facets of a city and region, founded originally on coal and steel, shining today with leading business and cultural institutions, and offering a plethora of recreational activities. Essen is the only city in Europe which has been awarded both cultural capital of Europe (2010) and European Green Capital (in 2017).
- Exploring the best Essen has to offer, including the Villa Hügel (massive 19th-century mansion once the residence of the Krupp Family); the UNESCO Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex; the Museum Folkwang; and diverse downtown Essen with medieval cathedral and the largest synagogue in Germany.
- Having plenty of time to enjoy the company of I-House friends from all class years and countries around the world during the planned activities and meals on Friday evening, Sunday brunch, and a formal dinner on Saturday with music and selected guests.
- The option to participate in the all-important Annual Freunde General Meeting with our scholarship selection and an update from International House.
If you have interest in attending, we encourage you to early RSVP online by Friday, June 7 so the organizing committee can determine final details.
A formal invitation with final registration details and costs, information on travel accommodations and the weekend itinerary to follow in the coming weeks.
Thank you to our Essen Alumni Reunion weekend organizing committee Ludger Dohm ’86 and Rudy Koenig ’83.
- Pooja Merchant ’10 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Ludger Dohm ’86 (email@example.com)
- Arne Grob ’17 (Arne.Grob@hotmail.com)
- Rudy Koenig ’83 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the reunion weekend, please feel free to contact any of the members of the committee: Ludger Dohm ’86 (email@example.com) and Rudy Koenig ’83 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For matters concerning the Freunde Alumni Chapter, please contact Pooja Merchant ’10 (email@example.com) or Arne Grob ’17 (Arne.Grob@hotmail.com).
We look forward to welcoming you to Essen, and sharing the International House spirit!
A formal invitation with a registration link, cost information, and the event schedule will follow in the coming weeks.
(walking distance from the Hauptbahnhof and convenient nearby subway stations):
- Handelshof (preferred hotel)
- Sheraton (more upscale)
- Motel One (central)
- Unperfekthaus (unique choice)
- And various other budget hotels in the area (more listing to follow)
Photo credits: © EMG-Essen Marketing GmbH –Peter Wieler